Despite the fact that more Western-oriented titles are starting to appeal to Japanese gamers, a culture gap remains.
And it's always interesting to see a list of the most anticipated games in the Land of the Rising Sun. According to Famitsu readers , the top 20 titles Japanese gamers are excited about include names most Americans have never heard of. But sitting at #1 is Dragon Quest X , which is scheduled to launch for the Wii this year. Apparently, the fact that it'll be closer to an MMORPG doesn't worry Japanese fans a bit.
Dragon's Dogma for the PS3 comes in at #2, followed by Photo Kano for the PSP, Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS and Persona 4: The Golden for the Vita. The recently renamed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance sits at #8, while Asura's Wrath and Resident Evil: Revelations round out the top 10. What do you think a top 20 list would look like for North America or Europe? Things have certainly changed but as was the case in 1995, the Japanese list of favorite upcoming titles always looks different.
And that's kinda comforting in a way.